Concord’s $61,704 Fence Damaged During Downtown Vehicle Collision

July 21, 2014 9:00 am · 60 comments


Concord’s $61,704 fence has been hit, again.

The fence completely surrounds the empty property on Galindo between Clayton Rd. & Concord Blvd., and was hit over the weekend during a non-injury vehicle collision.

The fence, which has been damaged dozens of times, has only been up for a few years, and should be coming down when apartments are built on the property.

Thanks to Brooke for the picture!

John H. July 21, 2014 at 9:02 AM

What a deal on that fence.. must be some greasy contractors with behind the scenes handshakes with local government.. great job.

Concord Guy July 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

I’ve posted it here before and I’ll post it again. People drive like idiots in Concord, especially downtown. I work in the highrise on Clayton Road and a week doesn’t go by when I hear a collision, then sirens. People drive way too fast and are always running red lights, rearending other cars or jumping the curb and taking down a planter box, a tree or occasionally a pedestrian. I always walk facing traffic when I’m downtown.

Be careful out there! And slow down!!

Chevelle girl July 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

As many times as the fence has been hit I’m not sure I would want to live in the apartments!

Larry Miller July 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Not sure what the human malfunction is here, but I’m glad there were no pedestrians present during all of these crashes into the fence!

Michelle(original) July 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

What, again! How much will the city be charged this time!

Heart Broken July 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Concord should take immediate steps to preserve this iconic landmark, just as they did their world famous Christmas tree.

Cowellian July 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I trust that no hydrants were harmed in the making of this crash.

Domestic CEO July 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I agree with Chevelle girl. Do NOT be on the ground floor of those apartment buildings! I sure hope they put cement blocks up to keep the cars from entering the building. No way would I live there, too many idiots who don’t know how to drive — or they must see a target on the fence (special xray eyes).

gimli July 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

+1 Concord Guy. Just put out some jersey barriers around that intersection. Paint them to look like a picket fence? 🙂

Jess July 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Certainly when the apartments are built, I’d stay away from the ground floor unit on that corner! You’re bound to have a car in your living room at some point.

Mr. John July 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

This fence gets way too much coverage.

Antler July 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

That particular intersection is becoming infamous!

Might traffic engineers check to see whether the yellow light showing for Concord Boulevard westbound traffic is lasting TOO long….thus encouraging those who remember that “probably I can make it” ……. and then floorboard?

Cy Nical July 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I think you’re all missing it- that’s the perfect location for the offices of one of the accident attorneys you see on TV.

Business is literally knocking down your door.

Antler July 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Cowellian. 🙂

Definitely, there needs to be a substantial set-back of the building so that an attractive WATER FEATURE can be installed there.

Never tempt us to be independently creative!

How dumb July 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Why would you put up a cute little white picket fence around a empty lot? Most cities put up construction fencing that is metal and taller.
Must of been some genius on the City Council. (I was being sarcastic, there are no geniuses on the City Council!) Concords City Council barely has a full brain cell between them, yet we keep playing ring around the councilman every election.

Flower Girl July 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Concord spent $61,000 on a temporary fence. Our tax dollars at work!

Flower Girl July 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Two words: SPIRIT POLES!

$61,704?????? July 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

How on earth does it cost $61,704 to repair that small section of a fence???! Seriously someone’s getting ripped off and the other ones getting rich!

Rose July 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

It’s a little white picket fence in the midst of a busy intersection, of course it’s going to get knocked around.

The Professor July 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

They should remove the fence and replace it with a moat.

Clint July 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

61k? 617 would be a stretch…Unless of course it was “city” property,then I guess an army of people all hired by the city need to inspect and form an opinion,then consult lawyers,pay off unwanted media and gov officials,see lawyers again,create an estimate,run it by officials,consult lawyers,scrap the first plan and start over,and hire the most expensive contractor possible flown in from the farthest reaches of the U.S.,buy the most expensive materials,take 6 months on the clock to think about the project,then give the go ahead to start the 6 hour job ,but never finish.

Teacher Wannabe July 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

No, the whole fence cost 61K. But I bet they have spent almost as much in repairs. They indented that corner last time, and STILL people manage to hit it. Sheesh!

Aldrige Family July 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

How many times must we beat this dead horse. $61,704 is the cost for the fence not fixing it…and the money will be recouped when the property sells. This has been public info for years people, don’t any of you read.

ragtop July 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I think we should paint a picture of a big old cows butt on the fence at that corner with a target on its tail and then let um go at it. for monthly scores of the best hit, an then we could have best hit of the year ???

just a concordian July 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

One would think that for 61k this fence would be able to withstand an alien attack, let alone some tincans on wheels.

Anonymous July 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

And in the most we should have alligators

just a concordian July 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Indirectly @22

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[Yells of protest]

There’s no point in acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaints and its far too late to start making a fuss about it now.

Whatever July 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I have seen the corner of that fence hit so many times it’s not even funny. What I did notice about 2 months ago is that when they were repairing it for the 18th time, instead of using the plastic boards it is made of, they were installing 3×3 inch wooden posts painted white. Meaning, the fence would still get hit, but the wooden posts would possibly withstand the hit. Poor cars, much more damage hitting the corner with 3×3 posts.

Nymous July 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

No expense for the city. Car insurance will take care of the repairs.

Dang it July 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Should have bought a rubber fence.

Marissa July 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Still waiting for the singing dolphins…

ex-californian July 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Is the lot which that fence surrounds where the Oldsmobile dealership used to be?

Andrea July 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Maybe they should charge the person that hits it to pay for the fence. People drive too fast in that intersection.

mohairs July 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM

is each fence post made out of a magnet?? wonder what draws the cars to the fence…

maria July 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

and drivers like to tail like they are so scared someone my get in between. If one gets hit, it is a domino effect.

kathryn July 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Why would you spend 62,104 on a freaking temporary fence!!!!!! Wtf

Blink July 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

They should drop huge landscape boulders on that corner where fence is repeadily hit …basis for apt landscaping….

No more fence repairs

Picket July 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

So the city has 61,000 lying around for a white picket fence? Hmmm maybe they could’ve used that money to improve parks or roads….just saying…

Chevrolet girl July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

@ Mohairs this may be a dumb question but is your name in reference to the material used in upholstered seats in cars?

Fire Hydrant Management July 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

$61K. Military discount.

Subterfuge July 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I’m not sure putting a building there is such a great idea.

Silva July 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Blink #37, That would be a good solution, and aesthetically pleasing.

I wonder if any of those Spirit Poles are anywhere around? They could be used to make a fairly strong patch job and probably save some money.

mark13 July 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Subterfuge shut up punk

Subterfuge July 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Mark13, up yours!

@kathryn July 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

” Why would you spend 62,104 on a freaking temporary fence!!!!!! Wtf ”

Perhaps it was the Designated Adults’, day off.

MicheLLes July 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

@mohairs, perfect analysis! lol, love it. =)

Tom Sawyer July 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Do I have to trick everyone to white wash the fence again?

anon July 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

reminds me of Dave Rosen, driving on the sidewalk and all.

Mr.Wonderful July 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Better than hitting a fire hydrant. 🙂

EliteGuy July 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM

traffic engineers in concord are morons

TOny July 22, 2014 at 2:08 AM

I would have built that fence for half that price ,and stand guard 24/7 .THAT is alot of money for freeking temp fence

MDHS80 July 22, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Just think if Concord’s city officials were actually using their brain, they would of focused on youth summer programs and schools and helping the elderly. But again they have shown us that the elevator doesn’t go to the top floor.

Just Sayin' July 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

While building more apartments may be a benefit for downtown Concord how about adding some easy access retail such as a grocery store and a drug store that all of these apartment dwellers can walk to?

Qemi July 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

It’s a plastic fence — silly looking

Just Sayin' July 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Big deal. Just glue it back together and be done with it.

pattyg266 July 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM

A fence that cost that much should be indestructible…

Starfish July 23, 2014 at 7:04 AM

It’s a little fence that will get run down every other week. It should be an empty lot.

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Looks like there is pre existing damage to the quarter panel. Obviously this is not the callous driver’s first offence.

Silva July 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Just curious though, who paid $61,704.00 for the fence?

GSX -R 1000 July 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I’m going to guess it was an undocumented worker with no license driving. Welcome to Concord.

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